Magic meets history
Yes, she spoke very well. She altered her voice ever so gently when speaking for Claire. But beware the coughing from someone in the background.
I loved it.
It was hard to get lost in the book as when I would just start to get into it, someone in the back would sneeze or cough. I really disliked this about the audiobook. REALLY DISLIKED!! The background noises are easy to control but someone coughs through the whole book periodically.
If you like a romance novel, then you'll probably enjoy this book. I don't, and I didn't. With the apparently large number of favorable reviews on Audible, I thought that this book must be pretty interesting. After about 8 hours of listening, I realized that the book is nothing more than a romance novel. I don't enjoy that genre of writing, and found the book disappointingly boring. I tried to keep listening in the hope that the writing would move on to some interesting plot twist and action, but I finally had to give up. My wife and I listened to this book together for the approximately 8 hours, and she agreed that the plot was just too boring.
I purchased this book despite the warnings about the extensive, near ridiculous romance scenes. I think those who enjoy romance novels will appreciate this book, it just wasn't for me.
Fair warning: mild spoiler below.
In general she started with a compelling plot, and a fictional history that I enjoyed very much. But as soon as the protagonist was wedded to her Scottish lover, the entire book seemed to become about their love making. It became tedious fast.
Cut about 1/2 the sex scenes, and you have a compelling, well moving novel.
I saw all the positive reviews and thought "this many people can't be wrong." However, this many people also find professional wrestling entertaining, so, I guess this many people CAN be wrong. I didn't like this book. It was listed as Fantasy, but is mostly, almost entirely, not. It was a frustrating listen as the main character stumbled along into one calamity after another. She also spend a fair bit of time getting serviced, which sounds find and good, but really started to get a bit dull after, oh, I don't know, the 800th time. I'll skip the next in the series, and all others from Ms. Gabaldon. I'm sure she has her place and her following, but it was soooo far from what I was looking for. It felt like it really belonged in the paperback section with Fabio on the cover.
The story just sucked. For what the author wanted to tell, it took way too long. And maybe I misunderstood what I was getting. I felt there was too much of the romance than the historical fiction that was described. I just don't need to wade through 200 pages describing the different ways the lead characters make love. It doesn't move the story along.The reason I bought the book is that the plot was intriguing to me. Woman goes back in time and has to deal with those issues. But that was never explored and, in my opinion, the story just got stuck in quick sand. Or more to the point, a gif. Just regurgitating the same thing over and over again.
Again the endless time wasted on describing how the two leads made love. Describe it once and your good. I am not interested in listening to how it was in the straw, or hot springs or in the inn with everyone listening or ...
She did a good job with them.
Davina Porter has to be my most favorite female narrator EVER (Jim Dale is my favorite male narrator). She is able to nail Claire's British accent and a sexy lower register Jamie Fraser...and all kinds of other characters and accents in between. I am amazed every time I hear her narrate this story.
I wish I knew what other book compares.
I don't have 1 favorite scene. It's impossible to pinpoint just one.
Absolutely, but there aren't enough hours in the day. I have listened 3 times already and will probably again. I steal away to this book whenever I have the chance...driving in my car, folding laundry, laying down in my bed at night, whenever!
I really persisted with this one but couldn't get past the totally unbelievable reaction of the protagonist to being transported a couple of millennia into the past. The narrator was pleasant to listen to but the performance was crop,ed by the material.
I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.
So many folks have told me that I simply MUST read this series. So I gave the audio book a try.
The good - the performance was excellent. The reader does a fine job of seamlessly shifting from English to Scottish accents, and her characters are well-defined vocally. No problems following the plot or which person was speaking.
The bad -. I simply could not stand the central character. She stupidly gets herself into trouble repeatedly because she won't accept that her values and mores clash with the time into which she has been thrust. I also hated a lot of the dialogue. Do people really talk like that? Conflicts continually arise because characters jump to bad conclusions and won't say what's on their minds. The prolonged and frequent sex scenes were frankly boring after awhile. Finally, the male characters - no matter how wounded, no matter how close to death - were almost always the savior of this annoying damsel in distress. She does get herself out of a few scrapes, and helps to save her beloved at a couple of points, but mostly she waits to be saved. Very tiresome!
I finished the audiobook but have absolutely no interest in continuing the series.
SLOW story, very predictable. At no point did I care. This read like a teen girl romance, where the actual plot wasn't even important in comparison to the "strong female lead."
I gave it about a quarter of a way through before I had to bail.
It's not a terrible book, but it's just not any good.
narration was fine.
I don't really feel there is much of a story to this except it really just feels like a romance novel with a sadistic twist. Story-wise, it's a bit weak for me and I really don't like the female lead. Hard to like someone who can just forget about her husband (presumably she was still in love at the time) after just a month.